Friday, December 28, 2012

19 before 20

After a busy busy busy semester, I finally got around to making my 19 before 20 list... :P You can reread my 18 before 19 list here if you'd like.

1. Make a Steampunk costume. 
2. Make a vlog. (never completed from my list last year)
3. Write movie review blog posts. (also from last year's list)
4. Make a budget.
5. Improve my writing speed. (I am a terribly slow writer, which causes me to spend too long on homework when I could be doing other, fun things...)
6. Archery. (I used to be pretty good at archery and I really wanna pick it up again)
7. Complete a 30 day drawing challenge. (draw one picture a day for a month..I found some good ideas on Pinterest)
8. Finish my Arwen dress. (too long ago I started sewing a dress modeled after Arwen's "dying dress" from desperately needs to be completed.)
9. Complete ten DIY projects from Pinterest. (everybody on Pinterest has a DIY board...but it's about time to actually sit down and make a Pinterest project!)
10. Pillow project. (I've been making pillows out of old t-shirts)
11. Decorate my Converse.
12. Make a tie skirt. (last semester I inherited a bag of old neck ties from my work study job. I want to use them to make a skirt.)
13. Make a skirt from an old men's shirt. 
14. Make Fettucine Alfredo. 
15. Complete a 30 day photography challenge.
16. Try digital drawing. 
17. Try DIY skincare recipes.
18. Make a stop motion video. (I'm thinking something involving the lyrics to a song...)
                                        19. Buy a Modcloth dress. (they're so...beautiful...)Photobucket

Saturday, June 9, 2012

braided bun

My hairstyle yesterday..I've been trying to experiment with with my hair a bit more lately. :)


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

18 before 19 progress

Remember my 18 before 19 list? I have approximately 4 months to complete all my goals! Here's how far I've come. The green goals are ones that are kinda in limbo...I sort of accomplished them, sort of didn't, haha. :P

1. Do something creative every week.
2. Exercise for 20 minutes at least 2 times a week.
3. Paint my fingernails once a month.
4. Go to bed by 12:30 on week nights.  
5. Make a butterfly. see this post
6. Go to a Renaissance Faire. 
7. Write a fan letter to Natalie Portman. Wrote it today! :D
8. Draw a self portrait.
9. Make a ray gun.
10. Write regular blog posts.
11. Work on homework during the afternoon so that evenings are free. 
12. Make a vlog. 
13. Learn to play Don't Stop Believin' on the piano.  If I learned it at one point, but don't remember anymore, does it still count? :P
14. Write movie review blog posts.
15. Raise my GPA.
16. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.
17. Make a budget. 
18. Improve my photography/take more pictures.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

cookie dough treats

I was inspired to make these by seeing (and eating) a similar dessert at a party the other day. They're pretty simple: just cookie dough balls dipped in melted chocolate then chilled, yet I think I need to tweak my recipe a bit. The dough itself turned out to be too squishy, while the chocolate became too hard. I plan to try making these again soon and I'll work to improve the recipe. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

my favorite pasta salad

I made this yummy pasta salad for dinner a few days ago; the recipe was given to my mom by a family friend and I modified it slightly. This salad always reminds me of summer, picnics, and canoeing trips with my family.

Macaroni Tuna Salad

4 cups macaroni
1 can tuna
3/4 cup dill pickles, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 1/4 cup dill pickle juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Cook macaroni. Mix cooked macaroni, tuna, pickles, onion, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Combine lemon juice, dill juice, and vegetable oil. Pour over macaroni mixture. Chill several hours. Drain moderately if desired. Blend mustard and mayonnaise and add to macaroni mixture.


Thursday, May 10, 2012


The Holocaust Museum Houston is creating an exhibit consisting of handmade butterflies to honor the 1,500,000 children that died in the Holocaust. Information can be found at this website: Here are four butterflies that I made to contribute to the exhibition.

I used watercolor, colored pencil, a page from a dictionary, and magazine cutouts.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Macgyvering it up

On Sunday, I was Macgyver for a couple minutes. The ribbons on my dress are supposed to meet in the middle in a bow, but one ribbon fell off so I wove the other one to the side and tie a bow there. It worked pretty well!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

crackle nails

This week I tried out my new crackle nail polish. I've been wanting to try crackle polish pretty much ever since it became the new thing last year, but never got around to it. (story of my life....) I love the way it turned out! I used a pretty teal shade for the base coat and I painted my toenails with the same teal polish.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

favorite things

Wordle: favoritethings
I discovered wordle today. So of course I had to try it out.... ;) So this is the result of my homework procrastination... :P

Friday, March 16, 2012

I can't stop listening to...

The Ballad of Serenity, the theme song from the Firefly. I've loved this song ever since I saw my first episode of Firefly several years ago. The lyrics are beautiful.

Bridget F. Rowe's Playlist 1 by Bridget F. Rowe on Grooveshark


Saturday, January 14, 2012

product review: pretty nails instant polish remover

When I went home for Christmas break, I didn't bring any nail polish remover with me. So I decided to buy some. I was looking for a small bottle, since I just wanted it for the month that I was at home. I ended up buying pretty nails instant polish remover. The "instant" part intrigued me. ;)

The container holds a sponge, which is soaked in nail polish remover. You stick your finger into the sponge, and twist it around a bit to get all the polish off. 

I first used it to remove some glitter polish, which is notorious for being difficult to remove. At first, I was annoyed because the polish was not coming off instantly as advertised and I wasn't sure if I was doing everything right. However, the glitter was removed a lot quicker than with normal polish remover. 

The next time I used it, I was much more happy with the results. My polish came off super quickly! I figured out that the best way to use this polish remover is to put a finger in and twist it, then use a tissue to dry the finger and to wipe off any remaining bits of polish.

I really like this type of polish remover. Even though it takes more time to remove glitter polish, this type of remover is still way more efficient and easy to use than regular liquid polish remover. I can't remember the exact price of this bottle, but it wasn't more than two or three dollars. I would definitely recommend pretty nails instant polish remover.

I was not paid to write this review, nor am I affiliated in any way with this product or the company that produces it.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

18 before 19

I made this pretty picture thing and I'm like seriously SUPER proud of it. Yup. Like junping-up-and-down-and-bouncing-off-the-walls-proud. Don't laugh at me.

I first read about this kind of list on Delightfully Tacky (which is an amazing blog!) and loved the idea. I always wanted to write one, but never found the time. Thanks to my lovely Christmas break, I found some time! Yayy. So here's my 18 before 19 list. I've got until my birthday, October 4th, to accomplish these things. Wish me luck. ;)

1. Do something creative every week. (It's easy to get all caught up in schoolwork and life and never do something creative)
2. Exercise for 20 minutes at least 2 times a week. (Preferably 3 or 4 times)
3. Paint my fingernails once a month. (I love painting my nails but last semester I barely ever did)
4. Go to bed by 12:30 on week nights. 
5. Make a butterfly. (Haha, this one needs some explanation...check out this website:
6. Go to a Renaissance Faire (sounds like so much fun and awesomeness)
7. Write a fan letter to Natalie Portman (she's one of my favorite actresses)
8. Draw a self portrait (I did one a looooong time ago, but it was terrible...)
9. Make a ray gun (of steampunky epicness)
10. Write regular blog posts
11. Work on homework during the afternoon so that evenings are free. (Next semester I have a lot of freetime in the afternoons that'll be perfect for working on homework)
12. Make a vlog. 
13. Learn to play Don't Stop Believin' on the piano. (Just because I can. And it's an awesome song)
14. Write movie review blog posts.
15. Raise my GPA (Not because my GPA last semester was bad or anything, but because there's always room for improvement)
16. Drink at least 64 ounces of water. (half your weight in ounces = healthy amount of water to drink each day)
17. Make a budget. 
18. Improve my photography/take more pictures.

What do you all think? Can I do all this before October? ;)

I can't stop listening to....

I Think I Love You by David Cassidy. My mom introduced me to this song last year, and I was obsessed with it for quite a I've rediscovered it. :)

I Think I Love You by David Cassidy on Grooveshark